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Nov 29, 2012 3:00pm PST
with a fee-for-service model. the hmo model covering patients for their routine health-care needs. but when something really goes wrong, when they get cancer, when they have a serious health-care need, that will be an insured type of risk, and the doctors and hospitals will be paid on some kind of a fee-for-service basis. if several insurance options are available, what criteria should guide the choice? peter clarke: the kinds of things that the consumer needs to think about are: will i always have to go through my primary care physician to get access to a specialist? if, for example, i have diabetes, do i always have to check in with my primary care physician before i can go see my endocrinologist? that's an issue on which plans differ. how does the plan react to if i seek emergency care-- i have a chest pain-- under circumstances that a reasonable person would be frightened that they're undergoing a medical emergency? is my plan going to cover that? what is my plan's range of specialists in areas that i suspect, because of my family history, that i'm likely to need? these are some of the
Dec 6, 2012 3:00pm PST
to their children. there was already determined to be a risk to healthcare workers, albeit an infrequent one. and transmission through casual contact was ruled out as being a major threat. at the beginning of the epidemic, fear was the bottom line, particularly among health-care providers. and the doctors were, in fact, in a difficult position. on the one hand, we know this is our job. throughout the whole history of medicine, if there was plague, doctors were going to get plague. in the era of antibiotics, we forgot that. early on in the aids epidemic, there were staff, and unfortunately some doctors, too, at that time, who wouldn't even enter the room of a patient with aids. i remember seeing people where they were putting the tray at the side of the bed, at the side of the door. "uh, your food is here." well, the person was too sick to get the food. i mean, it was all-- it was ridiculous. steve pieters: here they were telling me that i had the worst possible disease, horribly stigmatized. people were terrified of being around a person with aids back then, and i was left alone a lot. and i
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